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A punk-inflected indie rock group whose bawling, thrashing sound reflected a wide range of influences ranging from the Pixies to Bright Eyes to Bruce Springsteen, Glen Rock, New Jersey's Titus Andronicus formed in 2005 with Liam Betson, Ian Graetzer, Eric Harm, Patrick Stickles, and Dan Tews. The band's debut full-length, The Airing of Grievances (which makes reference to a Seinfeld episode), was first released by Troubleman Unlimited in 2008, then picked up for wider distribution by XL Recordings in January 2009. For the band's impressive 2010 follow-up, The Monitor, Titus Andronicus beefed up the production value and enlisted the help of musicians from ten other indie acts, including members of the Hold Steady, Vivian Girls, and Ponytail. Two years later they returned with their third album, Local Business, a more personal album that found the band looking inward for inspiration.
Titus Andronicus is a punk/indie rock band from Glen Rock, New Jersey, USA, formed in 2005. The band is composed of singer/lyricist/guitarist Patrick Stickles, drummer Eric Harm, bassist Julian Veronesi, and guitarist Adam Reich. The group takes its name from the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus, and has cited musical and stylistic influences as diverse as Neutral Milk Hotel and Pulp.Titus Andronicus at Allmusic Lindsay, Cam. "Titus Andronicus • Interviews •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
Titus Andronicus's first album, The Airing of Grievances, was released in 2008, and was described as the sound of a "violent, overblown and irreverent" indie band in a positive review in Pitchfork. The band's second album, The Monitor, was released on March 9, 2010, debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In March, Rolling Stone named the band one of the seven best new bands of 2010. Titus Andronicus has also been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and "Last Call with Carson Daly" .
Their third album, Local Business, was released on October 23, 2012, through XL Recordings. It was listed at #38 on Rolling Stone 's 50 Best Albums of 2012 and gained positive reviews as well as a 7.0 from Pitchfork. Local Business was Titus Andronicus' attempt to create an album that was "plug-in-and-play" ready, which allowed the studio recording to sound as close as possible to a live performance and make performing the album on tour much easier. Titus Andronicus performed Nirvana's "Breed" on the tribute album Newermind.
The band has announced a fourth album, slated for the fall of 2014, in the form of a 30-song rock opera. According to one article, Stickles describes it as a "complicated metaphor about manic depression, melding elements of philosophy, psychology, and science fiction through the plight of one troubled protagonist’s inner demons." Stickles also announced an accompanying film element, consisting of a series of music videos.Album Reviews, Pitchfork Magazine, April 2008 "Heatseeking Albums: week of March 27, 2012". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. Rolling Stone (2010-03-17). "Best New Bands of 2010: Free Energy, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Five More | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-13. "50 Best Albums of 2012: Titus Andronicus - Local Business". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30. Cohen, Ian. "Titus Andronicus Local Business". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 April 2013. Cohen, Ian. "Titus Andronicus Local Business". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 April 2013. "LOCAL BUSINESS: THE NEW TITUS ANDRONICUS LP". Titus Andronicus. XL Recordings. Retrieved 22 April 2013. Roffman, Michael (3 September 2013). "Titus Andronicus’ new album will be a 30-track rock opera about manic depression". Encyclopedia of Things. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 21 January 2014.